Heywood Business Group

1940s Day 1st September 2012

 Heywood’s very own 1940s Day is on Saturday 1st September 2012, 10am – 4pm in the town centre. It’s run by Heywood Business Group in conjunction with Heywood Township.

All military and classic vehicles welcome to come down to help the town step back in history. The military vehicle encampment on Hill St will include tanks, Spitfire plane, jeeps, trucks, armoured cars, artillery units, including some German plus much more. You can experience a live shooting demo and feel how a Griffon Engine firing up feels, so don’t forget your earplugs.

Also on Hill St, Touchstones Rochdale (Arts & Heritage Service) activity station. Join their costumed character to test your fitness in our 1940s boot camp session! Do you have what it takes to have been a fighter in World War Two? And there is a The Fusiliers Museum activity & information stand, get into the wartime spirit of ‘Make Do and Mend’ by making a sock puppet to take away! And find out more about fantastic Fusilier Museum in Bury!

Tea Dances are on at Sandon House from 11am and St James Hall 2:30pm-4pm both starring the beautiful voice of Lilli de Carlo. Call Heather at Sandon House on 01706-368181 or Janet at St James on 01706-620010 for tickets.

At Heywood Magic Market you can experience a 1940s/WWII cinema as well as a barrel organ, Ged the DJ, Jane Francis singing the hits of the 40s and see all the traders dressed to impress for the era. Tilly’s Tea Room will be turned into an Air Raid Shelter for anyone seeking refuge, with on the hour air raids expected from 12pm. So it will be ‘Lights Out, Heads Down!’ St Lukes Church will be holding a wartime Naafi all day and outside Mike Goldrick Window Blinds the home guard will be guarding an unexploded bomb with BBQ and live music from Heather and Brenda in the morning and Jane Francis from 1pm. The Salvation Army will be performing around the town 1-3pm. Oo Fancy That has lots of activities on Market St and Wetherspoons has 20% off ALL food for re-enactors.

A fantastic stage will be erected outside St Lukes Church care of Wigwam Acoustics for The 1940s Factor. You can sit and enjoy a huge list of amateur acts from show casing their 1940s talent from singing, dancing, speeches and acting on the stage 1-4pm.

Please watch out for the Evacuee’s coming home from the East Lancashire Railway Station on the 11:45am steam train. They will be travelling through the town on foot all afternoon after opening the 1940s Factor outside St Lukes Church. You will also noticed Winston Churchill and Field Marshall Montgomery watching around the town.

A Military Convoy will be going through the town centre at 4pm so feel free to line the streets for a fantastic event.

Saturday Night will be ‘Big Band Night’ at Heywood Civic Hall with the ‘Tommy Lowe Big Band’ and DJ for you to dance the night away, what a fantastic way to finish the day for only £10 pp including a Potato Pie Supper... Hurry up though and get your tickets now as they are selling fast call 01706-628451 for details.

This promises to be a great event for all the family of all ages, so get yourselves down to Heywood Town Centre for this spectacular event.

Strictly no SS or Swastika allowed at this event.

Contact Information

Heywood Business Events Group

c/o Mike Goldrick Window Blinds Ltd (or MGWB Ltd) The Services
Dawson Street
OL10 4SH

Mobile: 07800 615493

Meeting times

Our next events:

29th-30th June 1940s Weekend

16th November Christmas Festival

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